I’ve been looking forward to reading the third of the Orphan X books by Gregg Hurwitz since I finished the second. It has delivered all I hoped for.
The Orphan program was about recruiting orphaned children and training them to become killers. Evan was offered the chance to join the program and became one of the best of the Orphans – Orphan X. Evan’s handler did one thing that was not expected in Evan’s training – he kept him human. This led to Evan going rogue and becoming the Nowhere Man, someone who helped those who had nowhere else to turn.
But now Evan has bigger problems. In this book, Evan is forced to do something he has no experience of and the result is spectacularly funny, heart-warming, and shows the complexity and flaws of Evan’s character to perfection. It’s one of the charms of the Orphan X books, and indeed all of Gregg’s books I’ve read to far - the main protagonist has a depth rarely found in thrillers.
I love books that make me feel, and this one has emotion in bucket-loads: fear, grief, humour (that Target scene is worth buying the book for on its own), love, pride, determination, excitement, confidence, compassion, confusion, and more. And the end gives satisfaction and the promise of another brilliant Orphan X book to come. An outstanding book in it’s genre. It has twists, complications, and moments that make you want to shout ‘Yes!’. This is going straight to my favourite book shelf.
To some he was Orphan X. Other knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns he was a boy named Evan Smoak.
Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top-secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help.
The Orphan programme hid dark secrets. Now those with blood on their hands want every trace of it gone. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that Jack and Evan go with it.
With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: to find and protect the programme’s last recruit. And to stay alive long enough to uncover the shocking truth…
Gregg Hurwitz is active on Facebook, so if you want to keep track of what this outstanding author is up to, check out his page here.
This ticks off one of the books on my 2018 reading challenge – A book written by an author who wrote one of your favourite 2017 books.
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